President's Message-Summer 2021
Thank you all who attended our Spring (Winter) 2021 Virtual Conference. It was a huge success with
such relevant topics! Although none of us anticipated that we would be doing virtual conferences all
year, we have learned so much through this time. I would like to extend a special thank you to the
convention committee, especially Tammy Stowers-Tonn, Rob Dixon, and Denise Meyer, for all of their
work and collaboration with the Illinois School Psychologists Association to pull off another fabulous
virtual conference. Save the date for the Fall Conference, October 27-29.
WSPA board committees have remained active and committed to serve and advocate for our profession,
from mental health to social justice to our legislative committee. They have been active in bringing
awareness and education to our state's mental health needs, creating honest dialogues around racism
and inequities, and getting our voices heard with our state legislators. We were also thrilled to award
Celine Santos in Twin Lakes #4 School District as Wisconsin's "School Psychologist of the Year!"
Congratulations, Ms. Santos, and thank you for all you do! You can find her video on the WSPA Facebook
WSPA Long Range Planning (LRP) 2021 is on the books for June 16 th – 17 th . All WSPA members are
welcome to join us for Strategic Planning, Committee Projects, to create and review WSPA goals, create
budgets, and develop Long Range Plans to meet those goals. There will also be plenty of time to unwind,
relax, and have fun connecting. It is a wonderful way to take a mini-retreat after a long school year.
Because this event is so essential to WSPA, we invite all WSPA members to attend free of charge
(lodging and food are included when you register for free). If you are interested in attending LRP, please
feel free to reach out to us or visit our website for more information.
As this school year winds down, I have been inspired and encouraged by a group of fifth-grade students.
Their curiosity and experiences with mental health challenges unfolded into creating small groups
focused on hope. We are learning that hope isn't something that we are necessarily born with, but it is
something that we can learn. Hope is a protective factor, and those who live with more hope have
better outcomes with friendships, school, work, and general happiness. We are learning what we do and
don’t have control of and taking steps to influence those outcomes. Hope is positive feelings and
inspired action. We are learning that it is ok to struggle. We we all do, but we can add hope to our lives.
We are learning, as a Hong Kong Proverb says, "As long as we have hope, we have direction, the energy
to move, and the map to move by." I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing summer!Tonya Klem, Ed.S, NCSP